Brewer's Rogues Villains and Eccentrics

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Brewer's Rogues Villains and Eccentrics

Postby Clayface » Mon Apr 11, 2016 12:13 pm

Picked this up 2nd hand for a fiver on Saturday and have spent the weekend weeping with laughter and annoying my wife with 'listen to this, listen to this!'

It is in effect 'the Dictionary of Phrase and Fable' but for people, and the author takes risks that would be regarded as insane by most Libel Lawyers.

for example, and off the top of my head The entry for David & Victoria Beckham is cross referenced with 'Toddlers cherihed more for their value as Fashion Accessories rather than as people - see 'Brooklyn Beckham'

My fave so far is

'Archbishop SO-AND SO 1733 - 1802 - Priest, Pederast and Pirate' and begins 'Throughout his long career so-and so frequently failed to live up the moral standards expected of a priest - in fact he frequently failed to live up to the Moral standards expected of a Pirate.'

Very well worth a read, it's about 700 pages long and I am over halfway already.
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Re: Brewer's Rogues Villains and Eccentrics

Postby countersunk81 » Mon Apr 11, 2016 12:38 pm

Sounds brilliant, will keep an eye out :D
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Re: Brewer's Rogues Villains and Eccentrics

Postby Clayface » Mon Apr 11, 2016 1:31 pm

countersunk81 wrote:Sounds brilliant, will keep an eye out :D


He is especially fond of the Met :D :D
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Re: Brewer's Rogues Villains and Eccentrics

Postby Skipp » Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:18 pm

When you're done - would you swap it for "the great British book of beheadings"?
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Re: Brewer's Rogues Villains and Eccentrics

Postby Clayface » Mon Apr 11, 2016 5:34 pm

Skipp wrote:When you're done - would you swap it for "the great British book of beheadings"?


Fully Illustrated and wipe-clean? - maybe

TBH I would buy a copy - it's worth it, and if nothing else you could probably hollow it out and live inside it in the event of a nuclear Trumpogeddon.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brewers-Rogues- ... 0304357286
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Re: Brewer's Rogues Villains and Eccentrics

Postby Jotunn » Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:27 am

Doesn't look as if it is on Kindle. :(
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